Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
The commencement ceremony is an ongoing tradition to celebrate your academic successes and accomplishments. Administrators, faculty, and staff all work hard to ensure this event is a memorable, special occasion for all graduates. Please use the tabs below to learn about the ceremony.
If you have questions about how to participate in the ceremony please email the Director of Student Programs to learn more.
We hope you will have a memorable experience at your commencement ceremony.
The timeline helps you plan your participation in the ceremony. Please be aware of the following dates.
All graduates attending the ceremony in cap and gown must register. This ensures you have a seat to sit in. Registration will be available beginning April 3, 2017.
Student regalia is a tradition for all commencement ceremonies and shows you have completed a great educational milestone. All graduates intending to be in the ceremony must wear a cap, gown, and tassel. Students may attend the ceremony as an audience member.
Academic honors are a symbol of academic achievement at LWTech. An honor cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end, awarded to our students meeting the following LWTech established eligibility requirements:
When international students plan to attend their commencement ceremony, they may ask for a verification letter for their family and friends to apply for travel visas. Letters for visa applications are available from the Director of Student Programs. Please email the Director with the following information.
Please allow several weeks lead time for the preparation and sending of letters. For questions, please contact Vikki Korsunskaya in Student Programs. If you are unable to attend during business hours please contact us to make an after hours appointment.
Accommodation is the process where we work with you to determine if you need special seating for either hearing impairment or physical limitation like: wheelchair, crutches, or hearing.
LWTech is dedicated to providing accommodation so students may fully participate in its activities; including commencement. If you need accommodation in order to attend the ceremony, please contact Student Programs by calling (425) 739-8314 or emailing our staff.
For hearing impaired students and guests, interpreters will be at the ceremony. If you are a hearing impaired student, please contact Student Programs so we may seat you accordingly.
You may also request accommodation for friends and family attending the ceremony. Seats will be reserved for your party. Student Programs will work with you to make the best seating arrangements to fit the needs of the party.
If you are a guest attending the ceremony and need special seating for a wheelchair or other physical impairment please contact our office via email. Please include the following information:
Please note, all reserved seating will be available until 1:30 pm. If guests have not arrived all pre-arranged reserved seats will be open to all attendees.
|Guest Speaker||Faculty Speaker||Student Speaker|
|2016||Robert Malte, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen Hospital||Heath Davis, M.L.I.S, M.A. - Library||Ambera Dedic - Nursing|
|2015||Representative Suzan DelBene, M.S.||James Howe - Computer Security Network Technology||Robert Lewis - Funeral Services Education|
|2014||Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President LWTech||Hector Valenzuela, M.A. - Mathematics||Richard Savedo - Multimedia Design / ASG President|
|2013||Dale Peinecke, Commissioner of Employment Security Department||Robby Gilbert, M.Ed. - Multimedia Design||Shalliah Swinney - High School Academy / Pre-Nursing / ASG President|
|2012||Michael D. Greenwood, Boeing Company||Kenneth Brown - Engineering Graphics||Peter Huff - Multimedia Design / ASG President|
Dr. David Woodall, President of Lake Washington Technical College
Dr. Sharon McGavick, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Emeritus
|Dr. Grace Lasker, Science||Bronson Carter - Multimedia Design / ASG President,|
|2010||Senator Paull Shin||Phil Snider, English||Aaron Swanson - Diesel Mechanics / ASG President,|
|2009||Senator Rosemary McAuliffe||Joe Gryniuk, Electronics||Seth Brown - Welding / Student Senator, ASG|
|2008||Dr. Sharon McGavick, Lake Washington Technical College||Michael Hayes||Susan Dailey - Social and Human Services / ASG Records Officer|
|2007||Senator Rosemary McAuliffe||Ben Taves, Welding||Travis Wright - ASG President|
|2006||Senator Dave Schmidt||Heidi Shepherd, Social and Human Services||Jennifer Abbarno - ASG VP|
|2005||Representative Toby Nixon||Jo Nelson, Science||Marcia Villasenor - ASG VP|
|2004||Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College||Paul Axtell, Automotive||John Dalzell - ASG President|
|2003||Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College||Robert A. Monroig, Marine, Motorcycle, Power Equipment||Dave Gallagher - ASG President|
|2002||Ron Sims, King County Executive||Pat McPherson, Early Learning||Valesa Manawa, ASG President|
|2001||Senator Maria Cantwell||Rebecca Jaffe, English||Joselito Lopez - ASG President|
|2000||Roger Olgesby, Editor & Publisher of the Seattle Post Intelligencer||Sandra Campbell, English Second Language/Adult Basic Education||Glenn Stuttgen - ASG President|
|1999||Representative Laura Ruderman||Patricia McPherson, Early Learning||Robert L. Pinski - ASG President|
|1998||Santos E. Contreras, the Boeing Company||Gene Fosheim, Electronics Engineering||Patrick Casey - ASG President|
|1997||Stanley McNaughton, Chief Executive Officer PEMCO Insurance||Gene Fosheim,Electronics Engineering||Crystal Devine - ASG President|
Photography is being provided by Darel Roa Photography. Students will have various photo options they will need to choose. To schedule a cap and gown portrait, please contact the studio. The portrait sitting feature will be available at Commencement. Other than the graduate portrait sitting, there are no designated photo locations for guests.
The ceremony is your celebration of academic success. As a college there are some things we need you and your guests to know so we have a safe and efficient event. Please use information below to assist in your planning efforts.